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InTheLoop | 10.22.2001

The Weekly Electronic Newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees.

October 22, 2001

Cybersecurity Tip: Latest News About Nasty Nimda Now on the Web

Here's an announcement from the Lab's Computer Protection Program:
Nimda, one of the deadliest malicious, self-propagating programs to ever
surface, is still finding its way to Windows systems at LBNL, causing
damage and denial of service. The Computer Protection Program Web Site
has an updated posting to help you defend against Nimda and to recover
your system if it becomes infected. The information can be found at

Reminder: Next Breast Cancer Forum to Be Held at Noon Thursday, Oct. 25

The next program in the Lab's Breast Cancer Forum will be held at noon
Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Bldg. 50 auditorium. This is the third in a
series of discussions about breast cancer and is scheduled in
conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Oct. 25, Dr. David H.
Irwin, director of Clinical Research at the Alta Bates Comprehensive
Cancer Center in Berkeley, will speak about "Clinical Trials: The
Physician/Patient Perspective." Irwin, whose specialties include medical
oncology and bone marrow transplantation, will share the stage with one
of his patients who recently participated in a breast cancer therapy
clinical trial.

On Nov. 14 the Forum will continue with "East Meets West: Alternative
Breast Cancer Therapies." Featured will be Debu Tripathy, of UC San
Francisco and Isaac Cohen of the American Acupuncture Center in


Another Reminder: IT Expo Set Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Perseverance Hall

Lab employees can get a hands-on look at new products and services at
the Technology Expo to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23,
in Perseverance Hall. A number of exhibitors will be on hand to
demonstrate and display the latest in information technology and all Lab
employees are invited to visit the expo. Complimentary refreshments will
be served throughout the day. For a list of exhibitors or to
pre-register for the event, go to
http://www.fedpage.com/Event.asp?EventID=958. All pre-registered
attendees will be entered for a chance to win a Palm Pilot PDA.


Nov. 1 Deadline for Submissions to 2002 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

The Institute for Women and Technology's Grace Hopper Celebration of
Women in Computing 2002 has issued a call for participation in next
year's conference. Submissions are due November 1, 2001 for technical
papers, panels, workshops, technical posters, birds-of-a-feather
sessions, and Technology Innovation Forums (TIFs). TIFs are highly
interactive workshops in which attendees brainstorm about specific
products that will take advantage of future technologies. The Web site
for submissions is http://www.gracehopper.org.

Next year's conference is the fourth in a series of conferences designed
to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the
forefront. The conference will take place October 10-12, 2002, in
Vancouver, British Columbia, the first international location for the
series. The theme for 2002, "Ubiquity," focuses on the ubiquity of the
impact of computers on our daily lives and the ubiquity of the impact
women are making on this technical force.

"Each year, the submitted papers, panels, workshops, and posters exhibit
an increase in technical merit and scope," said Valerie Taylor,
Northwestern University, Hopper 2002 general conference chair. "We
expect a strong showing from students and young investigators, in
addition to well-established researchers. We strongly encourage
submissions that cross disciplines."

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences Area provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials, and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 7,000-plus scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). NERSC and ESnet are both Department of Energy Office of Science National User Facilities. The Computational Research Division (CRD) conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are Department of Energy Office of Science User Facilities.

Berkeley Lab addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science.

The DOE Office of Science is the United States' single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.